The involvement of Pairi Daiza and the Pairi Daiza Foundation in safeguarding endangered species has been rewarded for the second year running by the jury of the Diamond Theme Park Awards, the Brugelette zoo announced on Wednesday. Pairi Daiza was crowned Best Zoological Park in Europe on Wednesday at the Diamond Theme Park Awards in the Netherlands. It also received the prizes for the “Best zoo in Belgium and the Netherlands”, “Most Beautiful Park in Belgium” and “Most Beautiful Animal Habitat” for its Temple of Flowers, home to one of its two families of Sumatran orangutans.
The Brugelette park also won the prize for the “Most Beautiful Birth” for Sungai, the little Sumatran orangutan born on 30 October 2018, the “Best Animal Presentation” prize for its “Elephant Bath” and the “Best Restaurant” prize for the “Temple des Délices”, a Chinese buffet-restaurant built within the park in the traditional Chinese manner.
The Diamond Theme Park Awards are the point of reference for assessing zoos and theme parks in Europe. They are awarded by a professional jury and the public. For the 2019 edition of the Awards, a total of 46,845 votes were counted.